Vauxhall is preparing an all-new SUV flagship under its new PSA ownership ahead of a 2020 launch.
A newly revealed design sketch shows an early version of the car’s styling, which is devoid of a grille. While this suggests an electric model, the new SUV will definitely use traditional combustion engines, meaning the production version will have a grille.
Like its Peugeot 5008 large SUV sibling, the unnamed SUV will gain a plug-in hybrid variant, using PSA Group internal combustion engines, following its launch.
The car will sit on the PSA EMP2 platform, the same as the 5008 and Citroën C5 Aircross, and its styling will be a development of the current Vauxhall theme as the first car from the brand to be designed under full PSA ownership.
Vauxhall’s SUV naming structure for its SUVs suggests the new model will follow the ‘- X’ naming structure. It will be the largest car on the Vauxhall fleet, suggesting that it will get the full raft of safety technologies that the brand champions.
It’s unlikely to be priced above its Citroën and Peugeot siblings, given Vauxhall’s current brand positioning in the PSA Group, but a sporty GSi variant - a badge recently introduced on the Insignia and reported to be spreading to other models - is not off the table.
A Vauxhall spokesman could not be swayed on whether the lack of grille in the preview image suggests that the car will get a fully electric variant or not.